trap Definition

  • 1a device or enclosure designed to catch and retain animals, typically by allowing entry but not exit or by catching hold of a part of the body
  • 2a situation in which people lie in wait to make a surprise attack
  • 3a trick by which someone is misled into acting contrary to their interests or intentions

Using trap: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "trap" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The rabbit got caught in the trap.

  • Example

    The police set a trap for the burglars.

  • Example

    Don't fall into the trap of believing everything you hear.

  • Example

    She felt trapped in her job.

trap Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for trap

Idioms Using trap

  • in a difficult or dangerous situation


    The company was in the trap of declining sales and rising costs.

  • a hinged or removable panel in a floor, ceiling, or roof, used as an entrance or exit


    The thief entered the house through a trap door in the roof.

  • a sport in which participants shoot at clay pigeons thrown into the air from a trap


    He won a gold medal in trap shooting at the Olympics.

Phrases with trap

  • to trigger a trap


    The mouse sprang the trap and was caught.

  • to set up a trap


    The hunters laid a trap for the wild boar.

  • to avoid being caught or tricked


    He managed to escape the trap set by his enemies.


Summary: trap in Brief

The term 'trap' [trap] refers to a device or situation designed to catch or trick someone or something. It can be a physical device like a snare or net, or a metaphorical one like a trick or ambush. Examples include 'The rabbit got caught in the trap,' and 'Don't fall into the trap of believing everything you hear.' Phrases like 'spring a trap' and idioms like 'in the trap' add nuance to the term.

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